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2015 Year Of Sheep
Happy New Year! 2015 is the year of sheep (Hitsuji-doshi in Japanese) which is the 8th signs of the zodiac in Chinese astrology. They say that people who are born in the Hitsuji-doshi is relatively Iobedient, mild and kind in feeling thick and the year of Sheep means the peace and security of the family and live peacefully.
Wagashi in winter
There are various Wagashi in winter, too. Some are made with Strawberries and Azuki beans and other are with Kuri (a chestnut). Please enjoy each design and colors visually. We have introduced the Ohigashi for the year of sheep. Please take a look at Ohigashi and please get it if you like as we have only 5 boxes in our stock now.
Mt Fuji has become The World Heritage
Mt Fuji with 3776m height has been inscribed on the World Heritage List as of July 2013 by the UNESCO. She is a sacred place and source of artistic inspiration and has been thought as a representative symbol of Japan in the world wide. She has been believed as a dead volcano but in fact, still active. Last eruption was done back in 1707 and she has had 43 times of eruption in her history. Please take a look at the video on the Youtube at Mt Fuji to enjoy her eternal beauty.
Tea bowl For 2015
The Chokudai (the theme provided by the emperor every year to use for a poem) for 2015 is a "Hon" (a book). The tea bowl shown left hand is made of lacquered wood and has design of books especially made for 2015. This is made by Mr Akira Yoshida (1970-) a son of Mr Kasho Yoshida who is a famous Makie artist lives in Kaga, Ishikawa pref. It is easy to handle the tea bowl because of its light weight and durable.

New arrival Feb 27 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Fuchin Arrived
Feb 26 Tea Bowl Tea Caddy, Kettle, Kobukusa Arrived
Feb 25 Tea Bowl Tea Caddy, Doll For 2015 Spring Arrived
Feb 24 Tea Caddy, Tea Shelf, Flower Vase Arrived
Feb 23 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Tray, Water Pot Arrived
Feb 20 Tea Bowl, Tea Accessory Arrived
Feb 19 Tea Bowl, Starter Set, Ohigashi Arrived
Feb 18 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Doll Arrived
Feb 17 Tea Bowl, Tea Accessory, Kettle, Okiro Arrived
Feb 16 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Chabako, Kettle, Soup Bowl Arrived
Feb 13 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Mayuburo, Tea Shelf Arrived
Feb 12 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Jikoro, Flower Vase, Suzuri Arrived
Feb 10 Tea Bowl, Tea Caddy, Tea Cup Arrived
Feb 09 Tea Caddy, Water Jug, Kettle Arrived
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A Short History of Japanese Green Tea
The origin of tea plant was in Yunnan Province, China. They ate tea leaves as a medicine at that time. It was a long time ago before tea became a popular drink. Tea plant was brought to Japan by Japanese Buddhist monks in Heian period (794-1185). Ordinally people in Japan began to drink tea much later in Kamakura period (1192-1333) with the new way of drinking which was known as the Matcha style that was brought also from China by Eisai(1141-1215), the founder of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. In Muromachi period(1392- 1568), the tea ceremony gatherings became more popular, paticularly among the warrior class when Japanese traditional tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu) officially began.

Various kinds of Japanese green tea
There are roughly 5 kinds of green tea such as Matcha, Gyoruko,Sencya, Hojicya and Genmai cha depending upon how it is grown. The manufacturing process is aslo different.

The utensils to be prepared for a tea ceremony

Nowadays, in a tea ceremony. Matcha (powdered tea) is normally used, not dry leaf tea and therefore when it comes to a tea ceremony here, it stands for Matcha tea ceremony.
Bacially, the following utensils are to be used for a formal tea ceremony;

Tea bowl, water jug, kettle&braizer,water basin, water ladler,tea scoop, tea caddy,tea whisk and tea cloth. However, in order to simplify such preparations, we have "Bonryaku Temae"(simplified tea ceremony) which has been popular among people who enjoy a tea ceremony. It needs only a tea bowl, a water jug,a tea scoop,a tea whisk,a tea caddy and a tea cloth on a tray, so that tea can be made to enjoy so easily. (you may be able to skip using a water jug and a tea caddy and use other vessels instead.)

A Short history of Japanese pottery
It was the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1603) in which the original Japanese pottery had been developed drastically with its beauty. Lots of original Japanese pottery incluing tea bowls were born in this period. It was kind of an explosion of creativity in the hisotry of the Japanese pottery as an art in the sense that the designs of the pottery in this period were obviously diffrent from the pottery made before Azuchi-Momoyama period. In fact, they were influenced much by the techniques brought from China and Korea into Japan before that time.

Let's enjoy a tea ceremony at your home!
How to make and drink matcha tea? It is so simple. Just try a "Bonryaku -Temae". It must be much easier than you expect!

How to change tea bowls according to season?
What kind of tea bowls are popur in Japan?
How to keep tea bowls in good condition?

How to display tea bowls at our house?
What kind of flowers to arrange in a vase when on a tea ceremony?
What are green tea ingredients?
What is health benefit of Green Tea?
What kinds of cuisine Green tea can be used in?

Recommended Sushi Bar
There are many Sushi bars here in Fukuoka but we have one very good Sushi bar called Sushiman which is a local Sushi bar we often go to near us. He serves very tasteful Sushi pieces for us and we would like you to try once if you have a chance.

Brochure for new items
: We have started to sell brand new items that you can choose from the catalogues introduced here. Please pick up the items that you like and let us know the items now. We will provide you with details of the item.

Chado : Japanese Tea Store
Finest Ryokan To Stay, Sanga in Kurokawa
aishuken : Owned by a modern calligrapher Noriko Sawada
East West Chanoyu Center : We are honor to intorduce Urasenke Seattle Branch
The Tea Stylist : They are releasing hot news about tea in the world
Japan Brand Online:
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